Book Review : Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

January 28, 2014 Book review 8 ★★★★

Lately every series I have been finishing has ended on a bum note leaving me unsatisfied and feeling a bit letdown.  No so here!  I thought this was a rock solid conclusion and I put the book down with a contented feeling that from book 1 to book 3, this series shone as bright as an Aether storm.

Book Review : Into the Still Blue by Veronica RossiInto the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky #3
Published by HarperCollins on 28 Jan 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
four-stars

The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi's "masterpiece" Under the Never Sky trilogy and sequel to the New York Times bestselling Through the Ever Night (Examiner.com).

Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it's time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won't even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

First Line of Into The Still Blue:

“Aria lurched upright, the echo of gunshots ringing in her ears”

My Thoughts on ‘Into The Still Blue’

This won’t contain spoilers for Into The Still Blue but proceed with caution if you haven’t read the first two books as there may be reveals for those.

I loved the first line, I feel like it plunges you swiftly back into this harsh, unmerciful world where the elements are against you as well as the various groups of people that have formed.  If it has been a while since you read the first two books, then a visit to re-captains is in order as I would have struggled to remember the details without their helpful re-caps.

Aria and Perry have both grown so much since the first book, they are now inspirational leaders who command your respect.  They are still learning but both have compassion, bravery and intelligence in bucket loads and I always trust them to find the right path.  Their love has blossomed from their initial spats in the first book to a love that grows naturally into something that makes you smile just to read about.

The action feels non-stop in this book.  I loved the adventure of trying to find The Still Blue and then the migration to there, it was thrilling and my heart was in my mouth.  However as much as I loved the action, I also loved the moments of quiet stillness between Perry and Aria when they could cast of their worries and just be teenagers in love.  Good bye brutality and terror for a few hours and hello butterflies and rainbows.

All the characters feel so lifelike that when things go wrong for them, my heart aches.  This time is was the secondary characters Cinder and Roar who gave me all the feels not to mention all the tears.  I feel like the Aether storms are like another character in this book, always present and both beautiful and terrifying, I just wish we had found out more about them.

Overall though with impressive world-building, a passionate and heartfelt romance, and thrilling action, this final book in the trilogy is a lesson on how to get a reader to leave your series on a high.

 

Rating Report
Characters
four-half-stars
Setting
four-stars
Pace
four-half-stars
Did I feel it?
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

 

Who should read Into The Still Blue?

I’d recommend this book (and the series) to those who like dystopia series that are original and memorable.  The characters are the high point of the series so I’d also recommend this to those who like character driven books.  Fans of The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth and The Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver should also enjoy.

Thanks to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for giving me this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

four-stars

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8 Responses to “Book Review : Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi”

    • trish

      As a whole I thought the whole series was a solid 4 star and mostly I find the first book great and then they steadily decline. Glad this was an exception for me.

    • trish

      Ohhhh Lindy, I’m delighted you’ve bought the series. I think it would be great to read them all close together. The problem with series is trying to remember what EXACTLY happened in the previous books if it has been too long ago since you read it!

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